New for 2016 is American Girl Doll Melody Ellison, who hails from Deeeetroit City!
From American Girl's Website:
Melody Ellison is an optimistic, enthusiastic girl growing up in Detroit, Michigan during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Because February is Black History Month, your daughter may be learning about Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Civil Rights movement in school. But even in our own changing times, civil rights issues and the social climate of the 1960s may be difficult for her to fully understand. That is why we are so proud to introduce our compelling new BeForever™ character, Melody, whose story reflects the changing face and history of the nation during that important era.
Nine-year-old Melody is growing up in Detroit in the mid-1960s, a time of great energy, optimism, and change for the African American community. She is a singer and loves to perform in church, with her family, and in her community. Her stories are set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement, which was gathering momentum, and the music scene, including the success and popularity of Motown Records and its artists.
As Melody gains more awareness of racial inequality and her sense of community grows from her extended family to include her neighborhood and, ultimately, all African Americans, she is inspired by Dr. King to have a dream of her own: to lift her voice for fairness and equality.
Because many girls are interested in music and performing, as well as starting to find their own "voice" and express their opinions, they'll find Melody's stories engaging and entertaining. You'll love that they're educational, too, helping your girl connect with the past on a more personal level. Come meet Melody Ellison and introduce her to your girl today!
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More women equals better pay. For proof, check out Detroit.
That's one of the findings from a new study by SmartAsset, which analyzed Census Bureau data for insights about women in technology.
Overall, says the study, women who work in technology earn 75 percent of what men do. And nationally, the tech workforce is 75 percent male. But in cities with a higher proportion of women in the tech community, women's pay tends to be higher as a percentage of men's.
"There is significant positive correlation (49 percent) between tech industry representation for women and pay equity in the 58 cities SmartAsset analyzed," says the study. "While it is impossible to say what exactly causes this this relationship, it is clear that some cities have a better overall culture for women in technology."
Exactly which cities, though, might surprise you. In this year's survey, SmartAsset found that when it comes to pay, the best city for women in technology is far and away Detroit. Women working in Detroit's tech sector actually get paid significantly more than men--122.8 percent of men's pay. Relative to other cities, Detroit’s tech sector has a lot of women, with 44.5 percent of all tech jobs in the city filled by women. Detroit also has extremely high growth in the tech sector, with three-year tech employment growth reaching 32 percent.
In the overall rankings, which include job growth, cost of living, and other factors, Washington, D.C., comes in first, followed by Kansas City and Detroit.
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The James Beard Foundation announced the five recipients of its 2016 America’s Classics Award.
The America’s Classics Award is given to restaurants that have timeless appeal and are
cherished for quality food that reflects the character of their community. The 2016 honorees join the ranks of nearly100 restaurants that have received the award since the category was introduced in 1998.
This year’s winners will be celebrated at the 26th annual James Beard Foundation Awards, taking place on Monday, May 2, 2016, at Lyric Opera of Chicago.
“James Beard would have loved these restaurants; they represent how America eats,” says Susan Ungaro, president of the James Beard Foundation. “Each has played a role in bringing their communities together, representing the heart and soul of our national culinary landscape—we’re proud to honor them as classics!”
The 2016 James Beard Foundation America’s Classics Award winners are:
Al Ameer Restaurant
12710 W. Warren Ave
Owners: Khalil Ammar and Zaki Hashem
This restaurant, with its rows of floral print booths, is a bedrock institution in Dearborn, Michigan, and one of the nation’s most welcoming introductions to the pleasures of Lebanese cuisine.
Khalil Ammar, Zaki Hashem, and their families started this community-minded spot in 1989.
Unfailingly warm servers explain the fine points of maza (a spread of dishes that might include falafel and hummus) and define the differences between fattoush and Lebanese salad. The owners also run a halal butcher nearby. Accordingly, Al Ameer is the place to savor sujuk sausage, vivid with paprikaand cumin, or a feast of tender shredded lamb rich with almonds, yogurt, and rice.
Click HERE For The Full List Of Winners!
Detroit Passport to the Arts is rolling out the red carpet for a one-of-a-kind evening of film, glamour and Academy Award-inspired festivities. “Hollywood in Detroit” will take place on Thursday, March 3 at the Detroit Film Theatre. Attendees will view Oscar-nominated short films before heading to the Detroit Historical Museum for an after-party featuring food, drinks and live entertainment.
“Hollywood in Detroit is an entire evening of fun that is accessible to everyone,” Strebig said. “There are so many different elements of the event, that it attracts people with multiple interests, and we want everyone to be able to participate.”
DP2A Director Margo Strebig said “Hollywood in Detroit” has been the program’s most popular event since its inception in 2009, attracting hundreds of young professionals to the heart of the city each year. Founding board member Natalie Bruno said she has enjoyed seeing the audience-favorite evolve over the years.
“We had no idea that the DFT destination would become the signature event for DP2A,” Bruno said. “The only thing we knew was that he had the chance to create a ‘red carpet’ experience,
Hollywood-style, which we thought would be fun.”
DP2A is a nonprofit program designed to engage the next generation of arts patrons in Detroit arts and culture. The program offers an all-inclusive package of up to six cultural events—each with an after-party—all bundled together at an affordable cost. So far this season, passport holders have visited arts partners Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings, the Detroit Institute of Art and the Detroit Repertory Theatre.
While most DP2A events are reserved for passport holders, “Hollywood in Detroit” is open to the public. Organizers say the event is intended to be a gateway to the thriving arts and culture environment in the city.
“The goal of DP2A is to expose people to the cultural scene in Detroit, and this event is a great way to get people into two of our major cultural institutions,” Strebig said. “We also hope that people will want to learn more about DP2A and how they can be part of the program in the future. Overall, I just want people to have fun!”
Tickets for “Hollywood in Detroit” are $29, including admission to the Detroit Film Theatre and the after-party at the Detroit Historical Museum. The price will increase to $40 on Feb. 29. Tickets can be purchased by calling 248-559-2095 or visiting dp2a.org. The red carpet opens at 6 p.m., and films begin at 7 p.m.
|Mark Wahlberg and Michael Bay on set in Detroit in 2013. AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Andrew Cooper|
All talent are legally required to work in London and Detroit. Casting for extras, stand-ins and photo doubles will take place closer to the start of production this summer.
For starring and supporting roles, submit your resumes and headshots to:
606 N. Larchmont Blvd. Suite 202
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Experienced film crew members, production staff and vendors can submit resumes online to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Enter the specific crew member position that you are submitting for in the subject line of your email.
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